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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014.
Israeli radicals kidnap and kill a Palestinian teen in Jerusalem, meanwhile Israeli military clashes with local youth and leave more than 200 injured. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Wednesday the body of a Palestinian teenager was found in Jerusalem after a day and evening of Israeli protests that turned into mobs streaming through the streets of the Old City and east Jerusalem chanting ‘Death to Arabs’.
16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir was abducted from outside his home in Shu’fat in occupied east Jerusalem by a group of Israelis, who forced him into a car and sped off, according to local sources. The teen’s burned body was found hours later in a vacant lot in another part of the city, sparking protests in his home neighborhood.
At least 8 Palestinians had to be rescued from the mobs by police, and 47 people were arrested for disorderly conduct and property destruction.
Later in the day around 200 Palestinians took to the streets to voice their anger over the brutal killing of the child, and were met by rubber bullets and tear gas from Israeli police. The clashes left 180 Palestinians injured including six journalists covering the events.
From his part, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, demanded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to denounce the abduction and killing of the Palestinian teen. Abbas said the Palestinian Authority condemned, and strongly denounced the abduction of the three Israeli settlers, last month.
Elsewhere, Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least 10 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire in Ithna town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after Israeli soldiers detonated a home in the town.
Local sources said dozens of soldiers invaded the town, and demolished the home of Ziad Awwad, who stands, along with his two sons, accused by Israel of being behind the killing of an Israeli army officer, two months ago. The sources said that the soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, and gas bombs at local youth who threw stones at them while invading their town.
Meanwhile, Israeli settlers set fire, Wednesday, to an agricultural barrack on a sheep farm located in the village of Aqraba, south of Nablus in northern west Bank. Local sources said that a group of Israeli settlers set fire to a barrack containing food for goats and agricultural tools and fled the scene.
On Wednesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers invaded dozens of Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped at least 44 Palestinians, including a number of political leaders of the Hamas movement.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.